The IWFM is urging facilities managers to engage with the government’s draft building safety bill.
IWFM CEO Linda Hausmanis is calling on members to provide feedback to the institute.
She said: “Professionals in FM will be at the front line of this bill’s implementation, being those most likely to be assigned or hired to the building safety manager (BSM) role; it is therefore critical that our profession is knowledgeable of the contents and its implications for the future of building and people safety.”
Hausmanis said the IWFM welcomed the bill and said she “hopes this development will provide some comfort to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire”.
She added: “We must never face a repeat of that tragic night and, while there is still work to do, we are much closer to that goal with this draft bill.”
Hausmanis also said: “We believe the new statutory role of building safety manager is key to avoiding any repeat of such a tragedy and we are pleased to continue to help with developing the competence framework for the role.
“The importance of the BSM in ensuring the safety of buildings and the people occupying them cannot be understated. Where previously there often was a lack of both clarity on who was responsible for building safety and competence to ensure that safety, a BSM with oversight should ensure that all of the updated safety requirements are met, residents have a clear point of contact, and lives are protected.”
Provide feedback to the IWFM via: [email protected]